Dear all Participants,
Our hilarious reunion has eventually finished. We have been happy for a week on board Celebrity Century cruise ship sailing from Vancouver to Alaska.
Please write down your opinion about our Reunion-5, both its good things and bad things. Then please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post it in this blog for the reference of Reunion-6 committee. If you want to be anonymous, please let me know.
Thank you in advance.
On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Hwat Sing, Tan posted:
Unsatisfactory cabin attendants
On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM, Dr. Liat Tan (prof. ret.) <email@example.com> wrote:
Hi Petrus and Farida,
Happy to report that with your 2 quarters, I was able to phone my son who picked me up around 9.30am at Canada Place. I am now back home in my bungalow with my cat and plan to go to bed early.
Overall, I enjoyed the cruise, meals and shows in the Century Theater immensely. I have only one complaint about which I plan to write to the ship’s captain. But before I do that, I need to know two things about YOUR cabin attendant. 1)did you receive a small envelope containing baggage tags? 2) was your bed sheet changed every day? I am asking this because our cabin attendant did not leave us with any baggage tags, and also, because we were forced to sleep every day on unchanged bed sheets. Had our attendant provided me with baggage tags, we would have been able to leave the ship much earlier, and retrieve my bags in the terminal. Accompanied by a fellow cruiser, I was able to recognize my big brown baggage by an extra, small green American Tourister tag with my name on it. The crew officers were especially helpful. One of them accompanied me all the way to the exit because without baggage tags, you can not leave the ship.
I hope that you will reply to my 2 questions above. You know that you and Farida are always welcome in my house.
P.S. When I had a tendency to fall backward this morning, there were always friendly fellow cruisers who held me up.
Hi Prof. Liat,
Glad to hear that you arrived home safely last Sunday. I just came home from the post cruise-reunion tour, two days ago. Yesterday I had to work, so I only can answer you now.
I am happy, especially that you enjoyed the cruise, and only have one complaint.
My answer is about the baggage tags: I did not know about it, because I left in the express-out, meaning that I checked-out/got off from the cruise in the earliest group. With this express group, I had to take our luggage by our selves, so I did not need extra baggage-tags.
I have had the baggage tags, and I heard that you had too. These baggage tags came by post or from Tom, before we entered the cruise.
This is good that crew officers helped you, the same help as they did when they found your passport…..
I cc: to Tom and Haliman, hopefully they can answer or comment your complaint.
Yes, thanks to the Lord God, that there is always friendly fellow cruisers who held you up.
As Petrus has said, I am happy that you got home with you luggage. And I am sorry of the incident. About your complaint about your cabin attendant, the only thing I can say is my experience with our cabin attendant. My cabin attendants are Michael, a Filipino and Arta an Indonesian. Both are very friendly, polite and attentive. We received our luggage tags in the cabin on Saturday, May 28. We disembarked without the luggage tags because we carried our luggage ourselves without problem. I disembarked with the earliest group to take care of the shuttle for our members to the airport; to make sure they do not miss their flight. I stayed at the pier until the pier security personnel whom I asked told me that all passengers have left the ship. Then I went to the shuttle area and shuttle to La Quinta. I am sorry that I must have missed you at the pier.
Regarding cabin bed sheet, the cabin attendant fixed our bed sheet twice each day; one in the morning and another one in the evening. Our cabin bed sheet was always clean. I never asked and therefore I do not know whether cabin bed sheet has to be changed each day. At our home, Rose and I do not wash our bed sheet every day, but about once a week. I have no complaint about our cabin bed sheet.
I found all Celebrity personnel are friendly, attentive and tried to please passengers. Rosario is the chief personnel for public relations. He was always responsive to our needs as much as they could accommodate us with the conference room and space for daily Tai Chi and Line Dance. Because of that, when I met Rosario in the ship before I dropped my evaluation paper, I showed to Rosario of my positive comment which pleased him. Beside the mandatory gratuities, I gave extra tips to our cabin attendants and our dining table attendants also. And I am sorry of your unpleasant experience with the cruise.
The president took his wife as the treasurer
In one of the sessions on board Celebrity-Century cruise ship, a participant raised a question about the fact that husband and wife took the positions as the president and treasurer of Reunion-5 respectively. The founding father of our medical reunion, Tjien Oen,Oey MD once said that he had been the president, the treasurer, as well as the secretary of the first medical reunion.
Indeed, Tom Sulistio had offered the treaurer position to many participants, but no one was interested to it. With the concent of the vice president, Siong Bing, Liem (Haliman Sutjahjo), Rose Sulistio was appointed to hold the treasurer of Reunion-5.
On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Tom Sulistion posted:
Hi Every One,
As I stated from the beginning, the goal of the reunion is to have fun together for one week. As chairman of the committee, I reserve myself from congratulating ourselves. The success of the reunion should be judged by the majority of participants. Since Siong Bing has opened an anonymous channel for critics (positive or negative) to him. I will give my personal open opinion/assessment at the appropriate time after all critics have been received. It is my wish that by doing this, we do not open a can of worms which may results in discouraging others to serve in the committee of future reunion.
Our daughter and her family; Rose’s sisters and her husband from the Philippines will arrive in Las Vegas tomorrow. We are very busy preparing for this gathering especially for the two young boy’s (grandsons). And I will fly to Dallas next week on Wednesday and Rose on Thursday after all her families left for the Philippines to do our next job of baby sitting. We also are waiting for Wie Poo & Fien; Kok Tjiang & Liang Ing to finish the video production, editing and distribution before we have accurate accounting to close the book. As the reunion 4 and as I have said that reunion 5 residual fund will be given to the reunion 6 committee, which I am helping to form with those who have expressed willingness to serve in the reunion 6 committee. I want to say it up front to whoever raised any question about transparency and accountability of the committee, especially the chairman and the treasurer that happens to be husband and wife that we have no interest what so ever of financial gain from this reunion.
1. I have no secret dealing with the travel agent or received any financial favor for the cruise. We paid for the cruise as any one else.
2. Rose and I paid the dinner held on May 21 as anybody else without any financial favor from the restaurant.
3. I was not aware (or I may forgot) of the negotiation that Petrus did with Hotel La Quinta manager Ms Goldie Bhoparai that gave me free hotel room, which I found out at the time I check out on May 22. As I have mentioned that we are not interested in any financial gain from this reunion, we will donate the total amount to the reunion 6 committee.
4. I paid $14 American $$ ($1 for tip) for shuttle from La Quinta to Pier as every body else on May 22. And on May 29 when every body has been accounted for shuttle (no one left at the ship/pier) I boarded the shuttle van and paid American $13 to Curtis Goldberg whom I have talked in the phone for the last four-six months or so prior to the cruise, who returned my payment. I gave $8 to $10 dollars to the driver as tips from me and for participants.
To all committee members, please submit any reunion expenses with receipts for reimbursement. If for any reason the receipts are lost, please write a note for documentation and sign of the expense so that you will be reimbursed.
I like to take this opportunity to thank you to all committee members that you have been generous with your time, ideas, efforts and for expenses that you have not asked for reimbursement up to now, but please do.
As an example of generosity, Koh Tjien Oen donated $1000 to reunion 5. During this reunion Fien (Wie Poo’s boss) insisted to donate $300 and we thank you; also we received slightly over $1,300 from reunion 4. All will be accounted for on closing the reunion 5 book. Please be patient. I assure you all that there is no hanky panky.
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Hendra Sutantyo (Kong Hien, Tan) posted:
We trust you from the bottom of our hearts that you are transparent, honest and trustworthy so you don’t have to repeat again and again that you don’t take advantage of the reunion cruise as Chairman of the commitee. We just want to thank you for the good work you have done to make the Cruise a Success, and of course we don’t forget to thank Rose for doing so much & caring so much for us.
Hendra & Betty.
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Hwat Sing, Tan posted:
Thumb ups for Tom and his committee
On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, Evelyn Sie posted:
We just got back from Alaska with a lot of fun memories from the
The weather was very nice, although we had one rainy day in Ketchican and
half day slightly rough sea.
The Reunion V committee had done a wonderful job, we can see that everybody
worked very hard and sincere to make all of us having a good time , and it was successful.
Tom and Rose ,were so busy on checking the details of embarkation and disembarkation and
Thank you and salute to all of the Reunion V Committee members.
Now we just have to wait for the announcement of when and where the Reunion VI will be.
JAMES AND EVELYN SIE
On Sunday, June 5, 2011, Harlan Sutandi posted
I met a couple who was on their first reunion with us, they tempered their enthusiasm because they did not know anybody. I assured them, I understand their feeling because I was in the same situation as they were when I attend my first reunion in Houston. I enjoyed this Alaska reunion so much more, not because the Houston reunion was poor organized, but because I got to know many new friends from the first reunion.
I did noticed improvement from the Houston reunion. Despite initial glitches with the travel agent thanks to Tom’s super efforts the reunion was a huge success. The availability of the meeting room is plus., where speakers kept us occupied and entertained while at sea Without that we will be at a loss what to do with our free time while at sea. I like the Asian food section in the dining room
The buku kenangan is better, and thanks to Hok Kan.
I learned about glacier in high school, but did not really understand how it shaped today landscape, finally more than 5 decades later do I now understand
Thanks and congratulations to Tom and the committee for their tireless effort.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Fien & Wie Po Tan posted:
On Friday, June 10, 2011, Siong Bing (Haliman) posted
Free Cruise Ticket from Ucruising?
On board Celebrity Century, I got a kind of questions from three different participants. They asked if I got a free ticket or a special ticket price from Ucruising, the travel agent. One of the askers looked serious, so a dialogue took place as follow:
Asker: As a coordinator, did you get a free ticket or a discounted ticket price from Ucruising?
Me: How much did you pay for your tickets?
Asker: One thousand four hundred and eighty dollars for two.
Me: Did you tell Eo or her assistant that you were participants of medical reunion?
Asker: Yes, I did.
Me: If you hadn’t declared that you were participants of medical reunion, you would have to pay at least one thousand eight hundred. Every five cabins we got one free ticket, so every two cabins we got two free tickets. That’s why; our ticket price is lower than regular ticket price. I paid exactly the same amount of money as you did.
Asker: Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand and appreciate your efforts.
Reunion-5 Photo Album
Tom & Rose Sulistio and the whole Reunion5 Committee,Congratulations and a Million Thank You for all your volunteering
hard work, time, sacrifices, talent and dedication to make this
Reunion a huge success.
We had a great time, lots of fun and beautiful memories.
Special thank you to Tom and Rose who worked sooo….. hard
and care sooo…. much for all of us.
Thank you to Dr Tjeng Liep Hian who helped me with
acupressure for my sprained ankle caused by a fall
and to Dr Okky Oei with his laser treatment.
Their expertise came in handy to help reduce the swelling and the pain.
And thank you to Jeffrey Sulistio and Corey who were
so enthusiastically helping us to load all our luggage from
La Quinta into the bus to go to the pier, while Aspen was watching
them eagerly from the side and asking if he could help too and
was told to wait for a another year.
Hooray ….to our young generation!
Thank you to all our photographers Kiki, H Kan, WPoo, Petrus,
Alan and all, for their beautiful pictures.
And to KT who organized it in our Reunion album.
And thank you to Hok Kan who did wonderful job on our BKK
And to the very talented MCs: Teddy, H Gan, Jenny,
without them it would not be so hilarious.
Thank you to Tien cs for Taichi , Tom for Line dance,
Matthew & Poppy for Ballroomdance,
They teach us the fun way to exercise/moving our body
to stay mobile and in good health.And thank you to everybody that I have not mentioned here.It was a nice, friendly, cozy atmosphere like we were in a big family.
Thank you to all of you for your warm friendship.Lucia and Trees
On June 17, Sutisna Himawan wrote:
Rudy and I had a great time at Medical Reunion V, and we thank Rose and Tom for making it a memorable one.
~ tien ~
On Monday, June 20, Jenny Nangoy posted